Confessions of a Suburban Mom: "Camping" is the new "Doctor"
There is such an innocence in kids yet us adults always seem to make a situation more than it probably really is. When my son was about 4 years old he was in a big daycare since I was working full time and had a minimum of an hour commute . . .one way. Fun. After a long day of work and stop and go traffic I was excited to see my boy's big brown eyes and get a big hug. Unfortunately, this is NOT what happened.
I went into the huge playroom his class was in and was trying to find my child in the midst of screaming children (this is why I could never be a daycare owner). As I'm calling out his name over and over I finally here a tiny little girl's voice say, "he's in here" followed up by the cutest yet evil little giggle. As I look down next to me there is a tent propped up and out pops my son's head along with this little hussy (of course she's not, she's 4, but at the time she was)! How dare this little girl teach my child about things he's not supposed to know yet! All I could say firmly was for him to get his little behind out of there! Yes, there was my child in a tent, with a girl, with a blanket over the them playing "camping" . . .did I mention with a girl? Of course my instant thought is that they are discovering each other and where the hell is the teacher in all of this!
Fortunately, it was just as it was, innocent. They were in fact just playing camping and it had nothing to do with playing "doctor." Man was I scared though that at his age I was already going to have to have "the talk" with him. However, he has turned into a little ladies man and the talk may be coming very very soon. AHHHHHH!!!!!
So, my lesson learned in this little situation was to not take things to the next level and look at it for what it is and that 99% of the time the kids are just innocent in what they are playing. However, we still have to be cautious too.